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Subject: Greatest althea/shakedown ever
The althea in this song may possibly be the best song ive ever heard. The shakedown street was also a great one.
Subject: One of my favorite 50 shows...
So hard to call things "best ever" cause it changes day to day for me...but I'd put this solidly in the top 50 shows...and is one I come back to again and again. Love the Shakedown, the Sugaree, the whole first set is pretty sweet. Second set has some nice highlights and they really get intense a few times, but there isn't consistency enough to make this a top 25...
Subject: Plenty Shaking on Shakedown Street
Hands down best Shakedown ever! My personal favorite Europe show! Recording is a near perfect blend of AUD and SBD! A must have!
John Bouffard -
Subject: I came across an empty space.......
Just watched this whole video and it smokes! Sugaree, Shakedown, Other One, NFA if I was skilled enough I would upload it to my computer and let all watch it. Jerry's voice and guitar sound so good in 81. I think they started to speed it up a little?
The TRUE Bucky -
Subject: Can't Hear Townsend?
You people need to listen more carefully.....
You can hear Pete T playing hard & clear as they go into NFA - awesome! One of the best NFA of the early (or late) 80's. The Estimated id great & TOO - well you just have to hear it. The best TOO of 1981 & quite a ride skipping through the lilly fields. The post=TOO space is short but very sweet. For a totally regular show srtlist-wise, this one is tough to beat.
AS for it being about equal to 6/21/84, you have got to be kidding me. There is NOTHING from 1984 that even comes near this show.....
Jerry was so jonsed out in 1984, you can barely hear him most of June. Check out Sarotoga or that Montana show where they do TOO > Wharf Rat > Miracle ? Dew. You can barely hear Jerry's guitar - And please don't tell me it was the tapes as I was there & experienced the decline in person.
maybe this is a dumb question but how can i store this on a cd for my library or is it for sale somewhere?? This show is incredible
Subject: First new morning with Jerry!
at this time i was 20 years old, am im looking TV
early in the morning, and a warm feeling of happiness swall around my body. The Sugaree here is my favourite version, te break before 3`rd verse is unbelievable.
Subject: A Great Show
That was the first show I saw, and then went into lots of other musical venues, now in the last couple of years I've listened to loads of different Dead Shows from all years. And yes, they are all different, but I refuse to say one is better then the other - it is good we had them and that we're able to enjoy such vast number of excellent Concerts. And yes, sometimes they were more on then othertimes, but hey, again there is no other Band as the Grateful Dead ever!
Now, this show.
I've seen it and had it taped from Radio in 81. It has always been one of my favorites.
A smokin' 1st set with powerful renditions, a superb Sugaree, Shakedown,Rooster and Deal. Jerry gives two soaring Solos in Deal...
Start to finish absolutely brilliant playing, with outstanding versions of Althea, LLR, Ship of Fools, Estimated, He's Gone, NFA, Wharf Rat.
Yes, Pete T. didn't do much, but he didn't hurt either.
And the long Drums - well, I guess you really have to see it, with the Flying Karamazov Bros. - if you like juggling then thats a real treat.
Hokay, thanks for listening, and I can only recomend this show!!!
Subject: Interesting Tidbit
According to Justin Kreutzmann: "Pete said that sitting in with the Dead at Rockpalast was hard because he was having the chords shouted at him. He was also surprised at having trouble keeping up at some points because he thought the Dead never rehearsed". http://blogcritics.org/archives/2005/12/01/1608304.php
There's no doubt that Jerry (and Bob for that matter) wipe the stage floor with him here. Still, a very solid show, especially the first set and Estimated>He's Gone in the second.
Subject: whats with europeans and clapping
they must really like clapping or somthing cause ive heard other boards where they do the same thing. on 4/14/72 at the tivoli koncertsal they start doing the "encore clap" after like the first song and you hear phil telling them that they dont have to clap like that after every single song because they will keep playing no matter what.lol they keep doing it after every song the whole show.
this show has its highlights and is a fun listen.
does anyone know if this was the Rockpalast Festival or was it just a regular Rockpalast Television boradcast?
Subject: Complete 19810328 video
The complete 19810328 video is available
through the FurthurNET - at least until
our beloved Grateful Dead try to shut down
the FurthurNET (FN). The video @ FN is, however,
low quality. I have just come into 2 high quality
avi files - one for each set. I have tried to
contact the FN to add these video files
to the FN but have not been able to contact FN
through chat or the forum. In any case anyone
who can arrange for me to contribute these
two avi files to the FN, please reply/advise.
Fare thee well now ...
Subject: Top notch Dead!
I think that says it all...
Subject: bad recording?
I'm surprised this show hasn't gotten more good reviews. I searched this one down after seeing INCREDIBLE videos of Sugaree and The Other One on YouTube. The Sugaree, in particular, sounded like an all-time version. The Shakedown wasn't bad either.
Anyway, people should check out YouTube. Some really, really good and rare videos from this show.
Subject: wishful thinking
Good show Dirk, yes, best show ever...sorry...:)
Dirk Stursberg -
Subject: LONG LIVE ROCKPALAST
This is definitely the best GRATEFUL DEAD show they have ever played. It was a fantastic night. The Grugahalle in Essen was rocking. I`ve seen this show live. And it changed my life. It seems, that the GRATEFUL DEAD played always better outside the USA. Especially the shows in Germany are the most terrific ones. GREAT SETS, GOOD SOUND QUALITY. Don`t miss it.
After Furthur in 98 we drifted from s.f. to oregon and made our way back east. while on the coast i found a video of this first set in a surf shop on Jersey's Board walk- it rocks.
Subject: Great for the Sugaree
I think this is probably the best 80's sugaree, it is pretty incredible..... it is actually so sweet that it brings tears to my eyes!
Subject: sound nicht zehr gut
The show itself seems pretty reasonable, energetic, but the sound is sort of tinny and echoey(?) at least compared to what we usually get from a SBD. What comes to mind is 6-21-84, and it's a bit better than that, but distracting all the same. Picky, picky. Townshend doesn't add all that much, and I only really hear him on NFA. Nice and fast Good Lovin', OMSN. Interesting, but not a must have. 4 for the show, 3 for the sound.
great show, but europeans clap too much. it really distracts me from the actual music being played sometimes
ill give it a 4
nyc oldie -
Subject: Ordinary, at best
Too much fun in Europe for Jerry and Pete
Maybe my expectations were too high, but this was ,imho, an uninspired dissapointment. A very nice shakedown can't compensate for some pretty lousy sound quality. Maybe '81 was a good yr to stay domestic
Rabbi Meyer -
Subject: Why A Fan?
I had an edited first set tape (started up with the Sugaree) since 1984 and always played the Sugaree then Shakedown St. for people who asked me why I was a Dead fan. Now I've heard the entire first set and didn't miss too much without the Getaway/Greatest Story (promising but not delivering). Also love the Little Red Rooster (Brent is terrific on organ). I've also streamed the 2d set and am perplexed about what was going on (probably should give it another listen). Great First Set alone makes this one a must have.
Subject: Rockpalast '81
This show is awesome. I remember having the bootleg in the mid eighties and loving it then. The post drumz Jamming is sssssick!
Subject: Pre Drums!
I agree that the post drums is not very impressive. For me, the first set has always seemed a gem. A really slick Greatest Story--listen to Garcia move very deliberately through his effects as he shapes his solos. The Shakedown is really tight and strong. Amazing version of Deal--Garcia virtually breaks into Other One-style solos. I also really liked the Samson Estimated etc before drums. Quality playing.
If I remember right, not the greatest show. I bought a bootleg video of this show in England and was not impressed. The Who opened and Pete Townshend sits in with the band on NFA, Wharf Rat, and Around and Around.